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This Maxima Wagon Is On Death Row, But Phonograph-Based Voice Warning System Lives On!

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The Datsun 810 became the Maxima for the 1982 model year, but the Datsun-to-Nissan changeover hadn't taken effect yet. That means you're looking at a very rare Datsun Maxima wagon… and it's doomed.

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That seems kind of a shame, because this here is a rear-wheel-drive, independent-rear-suspension-equipped station wagon with a big L24 six-cylinder engine. Lots of 280Z genetic material in this car!

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Illustration for article titled This Maxima Wagon Is On Death Row, But Phonograph-Based Voice Warning System Lives On!

It's in very nice condition, too, but apparently that wasn't enough to induce anyone to pay $200 for it at the pre-junkyard auction.

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Of course, you all know why I was poking around in an old Maxima. That's right, I had to take the voice warning system box, which uses a 3" phonograph record for a "brain." Now that I've got two of them, I can set up my Datsun Warning DJ Console and start scratching!

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Nice body....what a shame.

The Datsun logo was originated for the constructors K. Den, R. Aoyama, A. Takeuchi and 'sun' for 'son'. The first car was named DAT, and the following cars got the name Datsun.